Celtics SF Jae Crowder hoping for apology from Cavs G J.R. Smith

When the Boston Celtics meet up with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time since Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Celtics small forward Jae Crowder hopes that Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith extends an apology for a play that resulted in Crowder being injured. 
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When the Boston Celtics (14–10) meet up with the Cleveland Cavaliers (15–7) for the first time since Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Celtics small forward Jae Crowder hopes that Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith extends an apology for a play that resulted in Crowder being injured, according to ESPN. 

During the third quarter of that game, J.R Smith struck Crowder in the face, being assessed a flagrant 2 foul for the brutal hit. As Crowder fell to the court, he sustained a sprained ACL.  

“I hope he apologizes [Tuesday], to be honest with you,” Crowder said. 

Crowder said that he hoped Smith’s actions weren’t intentional when asked about the play, but said “we'll play ball” if Smith doesn’t apologize.

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Crowder, 25, has played well this season, averaging career highs in points (12.5), assists (2.0) and steals (2.0).